How to redeem your Swagbucks for use at Disney

Okay, so yesterday I once again talked about Swagbucks, and here I am talking about it again!  Start Swagging and Save for Disney.

I mentioned that my go to for redemption of my Swagbucks is Sam’s Club gift cards.  I use the Sam’s Club gift cards to purchase Disney gift cards, and better yet, they’re at a discount!  But what if you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership?  Below are ways you can redeem your Swagbucks (virtual currency) to help pay for your trip, or have spending money for your trip!

  1. Redeem your Swagbucks for Rainforest Cafe gift cards, and treat yourself to a great meal at either Disney Springs or Animal Kingdom!  There are Rainforest Cafe locations on Disney property, and Rainforest Cafe is one restaurant that you can redeem your Swagbucks for!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.58.31 AM
  2. Redeem your Swagbucks for Starbucks gift cards.  There are Starbucks locations in each of the 4 theme parks, as well as 2 locations at Disney Springs.  Treat yourself to a daily cup of coffee, or even breakfast at the parks by redeeming your Swagbucks for Starbucks gift cards!  When we get close to our trip, I often will stop getting the Sam’s Club gift cards (because I know I won’t have enough for a Disney gift card) before our trip and switch to getting Starbucks gift cards!  They always come in handy!  When we do Disney, we are GO GO GO, and Starbucks fuels us!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.14.17 AM
  3. Redeem your Swagbucks for Southwest or Delta gift cards to help pay for your flights!!  I personally have used my Swagbucks for Southwest gift cards, and that is my airline of choice.  I love flying Southwest because they offer two free checked bags.  (I am sad because they’re leaving my local airport!!!)   ** A word to the wise ** Check how many forms of payment you’re allowed to use before you cash in for your gift cards!  Southwest only allows four forms of payment, so I suggest waiting until you have a considerable amount of swagbucks before redeeming!  Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.12.32 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.57.38 AM
  4. Now I know what you’re thinking… I’m not flying to Disney, I want to drive!  Guess what!!! There are gas gift cards available on Swagbucks!  So you can use the gas gift cards to pay for gas on your way to Disney, OR you can use the gas gift cards throughout the year, and put the money that you’re not spending on gas towards your Disney trip!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.11.45 AM
  5. Still looking for different ways to save for your Disney trip?  Let’s say new shoes or clothes for the whole family for your trip!  There are Nike gift cards available as well as many department stores!  You can “Just Do It’ with all new shoes, or even some vacation apparel from Walmart, JC Penney, Target, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, KMart, Sears, or Kohls!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.15.42 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.49.19 AM
  6. Need new luggage or other trip necessities?  You can cash in your swagbucks for any of the above listed department stores for your new luggage, OR you can order just about anything on Amazon!  A few years ago I found a great 5 piece luggage set on amazon for about half the price of the department stores, and saved up my Swagbucks for amazon gift cards!  You can get other Disney essentials on Amazon too!  Rain ponchos, Minnie ears, autograph books, shirts, and lanyards are just some of the examples that you can get for your trip for FREE with your Amazon gift cards that you’ve earned on Swagbucks!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.13.20 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.57.58 AM
  7. Don’t wanna mess with any of the stuff that I listed above?  How do you like cash and prepaid visa cards?  Guess what, you can redeem your Swagbucks for those as well!  Swagbucks redemption center is offering Paypal gift cards (which you can put in your Paypal account and move right to your bank account) as well as prepaid Visa cards!  Hello spending money!Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 11.13.51 AMScreen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.55.39 AM

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today and get to swagging and start saving for your next Disney trip!   Check back here tomorrow and read my updated “Swagbucks 101” on how to earn swagbucks! Sign up now with the link below and get started with $5 free.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Start Swagging and Save for Disney!

Okay, I’ve been mentioned Swagbucks on here before (in fact I think it’s been Tuesday’s Tip before), and I’ve shared how I personally have saved money for my Disney trip using but I share again because it’s that good!

Okay stop reading right now, follow this link, and sign up for Swagbucks-

Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at

Okay, now continue reading…

So as I sit here this morning I’ve already earned 34 Swagbucks… which is essentially 34 cents.  Is that a lot?  Heck no, BUT it adds up… quickly.  On average this year I’ve been earning between 40 and 120 Swagbucks per day.  With these numbers I’ve been able to cash in for $130 in gift cards so far just this year, with another 625 Swagbucks towards my next redemption.  That is $130 going straight towards spending money at Disney.

How does Swagbucks work?  You complete activities (watching videos, playing games, using coupons, doing surveys, shopping online, etc.) and you earn Swagbucks by doing them.  Swagbucks are essentially a virtual currency that you can redeem for real gift cards.

How do I personally make swagbucks work for me?  I cash my Swagbucks in for Sam’s Club Gift Cards.  With my Sam’s Club membership, this is the most effective way for me to use my Swagbucks.  I can use my swagbucks giftcards to purchase Disney gift cards… and even better, I get them at a DISCOUNT!  $150.00 in gift cards for $142.98!!! (plus $1 in shipping if I don’t want to actually go to the store.)

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.57.09 AM.pngBetween my husband using swagbucks and myself, we currently have $150 in Sam’s Club gift cards.  We will probably go to the actual store for these for a few reasons… 1) we need other things from Sam’s Club and 2) you can only use 4 forms of payment on the Sam’s Club website check out, and I have more than 4 gift cards making up that total.

So you’re wondering… how does this help me, I don’t have a Sam’s club membership.  Come back tomorrow, and I will share other ways you can use Swagbucks to go towards your Disney vacation, then comeback on Thursday for the updated Swagbucks 101 post!

So what are you waiting for?  Join today and start earning!

If you’re reading this 3/14/17- 3/17/17 be aware that there are bonus opportunities for Swagbucks this week- (normally you earn 2 Swagbucks per cycle on the apps… this week you earn 4!!)

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Tuesday’s Tip-Grocery delivery

Did you know that there are grocery services that you can order in advance from and have the groceries delivered to your resort?  This service is great, especially for long trips.  We’ve taken advantage of this 2 or 3 times and have had zero complaints!  The service is affordable and very convenient.

We’ve had great success using “Garden Grocer“.  The have an easy to navigate page where you can order essentials for your trip.  We typically order a few cases of bottled water, yogurt, bagels, granola bars, energy drinks, and maybe a little beer and wine.  These are all things that you can get at your resort food court, however the money that you can save is INCREDIBLE by using the grocery service.  Additionally when you place your order 60, 30, or 15 days in advance Garden Grocer offers a discount*!

So how does it work?

  • You begin by filling your cart.
  • Go to check out
  • Fill out your resort information (there is a drop down menu of Disney Resorts)
  • Let them know what day and time you’re checking in
  • Your groceries will be delivered to your resort on that day!
  • Don’t worry about your refrigerated items, the resort will keep them in their fridge!
  • When you get to your room call bell services and have them bring them to your room.

So what’s the catch?  There is a slight delivery fee, and an optional tip for the delivery.

Here is my sample cart-

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And the additional fees at check out

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So yes, this may seem pricey for what you’re getting BUT… compared to prices on Disney property this is a steal.  For example, 1 can of of Monster Energy drink is $2.89.  At the Disney resorts is about $4.50.  A bottle of water at Disney is $2.50 where you can get a case of 40 of them from garden grocers for $9.99 ($.25 per bottle!) By my best estimate for everything in my cart, it would cost approximately $230.00 to buy everything on Disney Property, so even if you tipped the delivery person $10.00 bringing the total to $81.29, you’re looking at a savings of $148.71!!!!

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*As I mentioned above you can save money by placing your order in advance- here are the details- “Take advantage of our special savings by ordering in advance, (15 Days= 5%, 30 Days= 7%, 60 Days= 10%) off your subtotal. **Note: Discounts do not apply to add-ons of any kind.”Screen Shot 2016-12-31 at 1.19.10 PM.png

One last note about Garden Grocer, if you’re ordering alcohol.  You will have to provide ID by scanning and faxing or emailing them your driver’s license.

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I hope you found this helpful! Don’t forget to tip the person from bell services who deliver your groceries to your room!  It’s a nice service, and a convenience for you!

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Let’s say you’re a family of 4.  The average quick service meal is $10.  So you’ll save about $40 per day… multiplied by 5 days is a savings of $200!!!!  Sounds like a great deal to me!!!

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Tuesday’s Tip- How to Earn Swagbucks 101

Alright, yesterday I shared how I used to save $1335.00 for our trip in July.  ( Today I will share tips that I’ve learned along the way for earning the swagbucks!


Ways to earn swagbucks 101

  1. Encrave– This is the newest/easiest way that I’ve found to earn swagbucks- on the swagbucks home page there are categories along the left hand side of the page. Click on the link that says “Watch” and you should see the the world “Ncrave”. You can click on this and it will take you to an entire page of activities. The activities that have a circle and arrow will auto run, so you can just leave it running on your computer for about15-20 minutes and earn up to 2-6 swagbucks. Different offers are worth different amounts.  I run these almost all day and earn between 100-200 swagbucks a day with this and the other activities.
  1. Surveys– Under the “answer” tab on swagbucks down at the bottom are paid surveys. When first getting started using the surveys I would recommend doing the little 2-10point surveys on the right hand side. They take a while to get through, but what you’re doing is pre-qualifying yourself for the larger surveys. When you’ve gotten those done your chances of getting surveys that you’re qualified for increase. You may start some surveys and get disqualified after 5 minutes(you’ll still get 1 sb in that case), but I’ve also had plenty of surveys where I’ve gotten 50-150 swagbucks within 30 minutes. I mean if you’re bored anyway why not try it.
  1. SBTV app– If you have a smartphone you can EASILY earn 36 swagbucks a day using the SBTV app on your phone. All you have to do is install the app and let the videos play! You can earn upto 36 sb per day using the app! I only use it when I’m in wifi though because it will take a toll on your data package.
  1. Swagbucks TV– Also under the “Watch” link is SBTV. This is how I earn probably 25% of my swagbucks. I always have a tab open to do SBTV on my computer. You simply click on a playlist, and when it says “watched” you can move on to the next.  Video sets are worth 1-4 swagbucks, and will always tell you how much they’re worth.  I’ve found that some browsers and computers will allow you to watch all the videos in succession without clicking, while others are more finicky and you have to click on each video.  It’s still easy to click through and watch the swagbucks add up!  I usually do this while I’m watching tv.
  1. Games– Under the earn tab again there are games you can play. When you get a game over, be sure to click “submit score” For every 2 games you play you get 2 swagbucks, up to10 swagbucks per day.
  1. Searching the Web– Okay so swagbucks in addition to all of its other features is a search engine. It’s not the most reliable search engine in the world, but it’s efficient. I don’t generally use it for real searches when I’m looking for something, but usually 2 times a day, I will sit and search for random stuff on the web in hopes of earning swagbucks. (Once I did 3 stints of searching and got awarded, but that’s pretty rare, so I usually do it in the morning and then the evening) So I will sit and search different things until I get some SBs. Sometimes it’ll take 2 or 3 searches before hitting, sometimes it’ll take 10 plus.
  1. Special offers– Under the earn tab there is a special offers link. Sometimes there are random videos to watch that’ll take between 30 and 90 seconds, and sometimes there will be things where you can earn 15 sb for liking a page on facebook. There are lots of different tabs across the special offers page. Usually the radium one and peanut labs have the best offers.  I earned 45swagbucks this morning for downloading and opening an app on my iphone.
  1. Coupons– If you like saving money (which let’s be honest, who doesn’t) you can print coupons right from the swagbucks website! The exact same coupons that you find oncoupons.comare available on the swagbucks website. If you print your coupons through swagbucks you will earn 10 sb per coupon redeemed! It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get them, but they’ve always come through for me!
  1. Shop and Earn- Do you shop online??? If you are an online shopper try using Shop and Earn through swagbucks! All you do is click on shop and earn, and click the store that youwant to shop (they have tons… I mainly use Kohls and Groupon). It will redirect you to the store you’ve selected and you just do your shopping likenormal! Usually they’ll give you at least 2sb per dollar spent. Sometimes theywill run specials where you can get 4sb per dollar or even 8sb per dollar!!!I’ve earned a lot this way! I always buy my groupons through the shop and earn! They will not post immediately, usually shop and earn points will be award one month after the purchase date.
  1. Swagbucks Daily Meter– On the swagbucks homepage you’ll see your daily meter. Swagbucks sets a daily earning goal for you based on how many swagbucks you normally earn.  If you hit the daily goal you generally will receive a 10% bonus back.  For example, your goal is 50 swagbucks, your bonus is 5 swagbucks.  When you hit the goal your swagbucks will be awarded by the 5thor 6thof the following month.  If you hit the goal7, 14, 21, or the entire month in a row there are additional bonuses!  Last month I got 300 swagbucks for hitting the goal every day, and an additional 550 swagbucks from my daily goals.

Haven’t joined yet?  Follow this link to get yourself signed up for Swagbucks-

***  This post was updated on November 13, 2015 to reflect changes made on the swagbucks website.  My goal is to keep the information current and help you maximize your savings!! ***

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How I saved $1335 on my Disney Trip

Okay we all know that Disney trips can be SUPER expensive, especially if you’re traveling with a family, book the dining plan, and want to experience a lot of the magic while you’re on a trip.  There has recently been a lot of circulation of an article on how Disney has “left the middle class behind.”  I agree with the article to an extent, but with good planning, and a savings plan there is no reason that middle class families can’t enjoy a magical Disney vacation.

With that being said, I want to share with you how I earned $1335.00 towards my Disney trip using “Swagbucks.”

To answer your first question, “What is Swagbucks?”- Swagbucks is a website where you earn virtual currency that you can redeem for real gift cards.  You do activities like watch videos, complete surveys, and search the web. (Come back tomorrow to read my “Swagbucks 101” that I’ve compiled on the most effective ways to earn swagbucks!)

So now let’s get down to the meat and potatoes-

Click the link to join swagbucks-


Swag cash

How I’ve saved $1335 on my Disney trip with Swagbucks

Starting in August 2014, I started saving my swagbucks up for our 2015 Disney Trip.

After doing some research I discovered that you can use your swagbucks to get Target and Walmart giftcards. Last year I redeemed my swagbucks for target gift cards and in turn used them to purchase Disney gift cards. Upon further research I learned that I could use my Sam’s Club membership for additional savings. (You can purchase a $50 Disney gift card for $48.88 or $150 in Disney gift cards for $142.88) Since August I have redeemed my swagbucks for $900.00 worth of walmart gift cards, and turned them into Disney gift cards for my trip.  Our trip is in July, so it is my hope to have an additional $100.00 by the time we leave!  (Also if you have multiple adults in your household, you can have multiple people earning! My husband has earned $200 in walmart giftcards for his spending money!  His goal is an additional $100 before we leave in July.

Another way you can use swagbucks to offset vacation needs is amazon giftcards. For our 2014 Disney trip we needed new luggage.  We found a 5 piece Samsonite Luggage set on amazon for $99.00.  I used my amazon gift cards that I earned on swagbucks to purchase those. With amazon’s nearly limitless supply of items you use the gift cards to offset the cost of your trip in many ways!

Break down

Ashley’s Walmart gift cards- $900.00

Ashley’s Starbucks gift cards (to use in the park)- $35.00

Craig’s Walmart gift cards $200.00

Ashley’s additional expected gift cards – $100.00

Craig’s additional expected gift cards- $100.00

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Tuesday’s Tip- Affordable Souvenier… the Penny Press

Happy Tuesday Mouskaholics!

Souveniers can be an expensive addition to any trip regardless of where you’re going.  Often destinations will cleverly trap you into buying a magnet that you just can’t live without, a sweatshirt, or a stuffed animal that will sit in a corner after you come home.  Disney is certainly no exception to this.  They are in fact experts and selling merchandise to their millions of park goers.  I know this from experience and spending lots of money on souveniers on various trips to the Disney parks.

If you’re looking for a unique souvenier experience though that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, may I suggest the penny press machines.  Throughout the parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney, you’ll find penny press machines.  In addition to it being a unique souvenier, it’s almost like a scavenger hunt to find the different machines!  Some are out in the various lands, close to rides, as well as in gift shops.


Tip #1- If you’re wanting to collect pennies, know where the machines are.  This link will take you to an awesome map that points out where the machines are in the parks-

Tip #2- Be prepared with your coins.  To press a penny it will cost you 51¢.  The machine will have you enter 1 penny and two quarters.  You can save valuable time by organizing your coins and having them ready to go.

My Mom decided to press pennies on our trip in January and to organize her coins we used an “Airborne” tube.  She layered her coins- quarter, quarter, penny… quarter, quarter, penny… quarter, quarter, penny… etc.

She kept the airborne tube handy in her purse and was ready to go when we ran across a penny press.  “

Use a rinsed out Airborne tube to organize your quarters and pennies

Use a rinsed out Airborne tube to organize your quarters and pennies

Tip #3- Go to the bank and ask for a change 50¢ in for a roll of brand new pennies.  The pressed pennies look much nicer when you use a brand new shiny penny.

Now you’ve got a bunch of pennies… what should you do with them when you get home?  If you’re crafty there are lots of ideas on pinterest.  These are two of my favorites-

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Another option is to purchase a pressed penny collection display folio.  While we were in the parks my mom purchased a Tinker Bell pressed penny folio.  This can add to the souvenier because it is also themed.

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